Relatively, Stipo hasn't been bartending all that long - pretty much since Vernick opened at 2031 Walnut St. in May 2012.
Stipo, 28, trained in the kitchen (starting at his uncle's restaurant) and studied culinary at Boston University. His treatment of cocktails - treating drinks as a chef handles food - informs his approach, he said.
Stipo's cocktail list - and the cordials and infusions are all house-made - is divided into classics and currents.
You can get yourself a proper Jack Rose or and old-fashioned, or something more in vogue, such as his milk punch - an old-timey drink made contemporary with tea-and-citrus-infused gin and served in a sherry glass seasoned with cinnamon smoke.
And if you're not in a drinking mood, you must try his puckeringly tangy ginger-and-lime soda.
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